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Feature lodge: Amakhosi Safari Lodge – “The place of kings”

Updated: Oct 3, 2022

Amakhosi private game reserve is home to an award-winning lodge set on the banks of the Mkuze river in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Photograph by Amakhosi Safari Lodge

Amakhosi, meaning ‘Place of Kings’ in the Zulu language, offers a luxurious five star safari experience for the whole family. One of the reasons that make this lodge so special is the ‘home-away-from-home’ feeling you get from the moment of arrival. The staff are warm and friendly and welcoming (many who have worked there for decades) and for those needing a break from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living, the Zen-like atmosphere will instantly put you at ease.

Photograph by Amakhosi Safari Lodge

The lodge offers six river suites, two honeymoon suites and an exclusive two bedroomed private villa situated a short distance from the main lodge. Nature blends into architecture in a somewhat mesmerizing way and the lodge’s river suites are a refreshing design of large glass windows and doors that look out onto the Mkuze river. (Keep your eyes peeled as you may spot a herd of elephants having a drink or a pair of warthogs trotting by!).

Photograph by Amakhosi Safari Lodge

For those wishing to re’treat’ a little more, the Amakhosi River Spa is just the place for a bit of R&R. In between treatments you can relax by the infinity pool that offers panoramic views of the river and there is also a small gym where you can let off some steam after your game drives. Helpful Tip: Consider booking an outdoor massage and drift off to the sounds of the river and surrounding birdlife.

Photograph by Amakhosi Safari Lodge

During your stay all your meals are served on the enchanting lodge deck. This includes a delicious breakfast, high tea in the afternoon and a five-course dinner of ‘African fusion cuisine’. In the evenings, guests come together by the fire pit and share stories of their sightings from their game drives that day.

Photograph by Amakhosi Safari Lodge 'High Tea'

Two game drives depart daily, in the early morning and late afternoon and there are other seasonal activities on offer, which you can sign up for at reception. Of course it is the Big Five you have come to see and you won’t be disappointed. The resident guides and trackers at Amakhosi do a remarkable job taking guests off road for close-up sightings of Africa’s most esteemed wildlife. The views along the way are just as extraordinary as the reserve is a gorgeous blend of savannah, wetlands and mountains, all which offer fantastic photographic opportunities.

Photograph by Amakhosi Safari Lodge

We would suggest a minimum of two nights at this lodge to get the full experience. The drive is approximately four hours from King Shaka International Airport and the route will take you past St Lucia World Heritage Site, which is also well worth the visit!

If you are interested in this safari, email for a more detailed itinerary.

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